False indigo — ORCA & Cypress Bend Community Preserve

False indigo, bastard indigo, bastard false indigo, and leadplant are among the many common names for Amorpha fruticosa, a plant found in nearly every state -- and throughout Florida -- in moist places. ¬†We saw this plant in flower when…

Throwback Thursday: Potatotree?

Once upon a time, there was a potatotree (Solanum erianthum) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). It is gone now, likely the victim of overzealous trail widening. Potatotree is native to the southern U.S., the Caribbean, Central American, and…

Windy pea

At Cypress Bend Community Preserve on 4-10-2016, Donna Winter (Class of 2016) pointed out this distinctively shaped partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata). Like many native plants, this species is very variable in form. This partridge pea, growing in the white sand…